Cal fires swim coach McKeever after investigation
BERKELEY, California. Teri McKeever, a longtime UCLA women’s swimming coach, was fired Tuesday after an investigation into alleged harassment, bullying and verbal abuse, the school said in a statement.
McKeever led the Golden Bears to four NCAA team titles in 29 years. She coached the U.S. women’s swimming team at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first woman to fill the role.
California athletics director Jim Knowlton said in a letter to the team and athletic staff that the independent law firm’s investigative report detailed “multiple violations of university policies that prohibit discrimination based on race, national origin, and disability.” offensive behavior that goes against our most important values.”
Knowlton said the 482-page report substantiated many of the allegations of unacceptable behavior and said that “in the best interest of our student athletes, our swim program, and California Athletics as a whole,” the program parted ways with McKeever.
The investigation followed Southern California newsgroup an investigation in May stating that McKeever “allegedly abused verbally and emotionally, cursed and threatened swimmers almost daily, forced athletes to compete or train while injured or suffering from chronic illnesses or eating disorders.”